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The Vrishabhavathi River (Kannada: ವೃಷಭಾವತಿ ನದಿ) is a minor river that flows through the south of the Indian city of Bengaluru.[1] The river was once so pristine that the water from it was used for drinking and used by the famous Gali Anjaneya temple.[2]


The origin of the river is through near the Dakshinamukha Nandi Tirtha or the Kadu Malleshwara Temple in Malleshwaram and it flows through major areas like the Guddadahalli, Bapujinagar, RajaRajeshwari Nagar, Kengeri. The river can be seen near the Mantri Mall Malleshwaram, Magadi Road and Mysore Road metro stations. An interesting fact about the river is that it culminates in a reservoir named after itself Vrishabhavathi Reservoir .[3] It joins Arkavathy River near Kanakapura as a tributary.

Pollution and current concernsEdit

Currently It is highly polluted due to pollutants from industrial, agricultural and domestic sources.[1][4] The river is today also known as Kengeri Mori[3](Gutter of Kengeri).[5][better source needed]

In 2005, the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dharam Singh proposed to remodel the river valley to include widening of the river, and adopt measures to prevent inundation.[6]


  1. ^ a b S, Kushala (21 March 2005). "Woes flow along Vrishabhavathi basin". Bangalore: The Times of India. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  2. ^ Bharadwaj, Arun. Seen & Unseen Bangalore. pp.
  3. ^ a b "EVEN STP CAN'T CLEAN UP VRISHABHAVATHY" – via Bangalore Mirror.
  4. ^ Kumar, Rupesh (21 March 2005). "City sullage killing many a village". Ramanagara: Deccan Herald. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  5. ^ "".
  6. ^ "Experts suggest Vrishabhavathi Valley remodelling". Bangalore: The Hindu. 27 May 2005. Retrieved 30 April 2012.